If you go to a tour operator or a travel agency in your country and ask them about Brazil, they are probably going to try and sell you a 10-day tour package which will cover the entire country. This will usually include some of the typical destinations like the Amazon, Salvador, Foz do Iguazu, etc.10410318496_4bd8cc8209_b

But are these actually the best destinations to visit in Brazil? Will you actually learn everything there is to know about Brazil if you visit them? The answer depends on what your objectives are. Do you want to see a lot of beautiful sights popularized by mass tourism in a short period of time? Or would you rather spend your time enjoying a few of the lesser known gems of real Brazil? This is the only way for you to experience the unspoiled culture, habits, and people of the country.

If you’re looking to get close to Brazil’s heart and soul, you will have to do things a little differently. You will need to visit the locations which aren’t as accessible to regular tourists. These may be places which are only accessible by boat, trains or even on foot.

You might not be able to find the places on your own at times and that is okay. They are usually untouched by tourism. The trails will be unmarked, and you will have to speak with the locals to find the path. There are many people who get lost too. But it is all part of the experience. If you are concerned about your safety, you might want to consider hiring a professional tour guide to show you the way.

But remember, these areas aren’t going to be very comfortable. If you’re looking for a cushy vacation in a 5-star hotel with air conditioning, this probably isn’t for you. But if you’re okay roughing it out with the locals, you will get to discover the real Brazil.